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I am a Smoker — Can I Have Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation in Los Angeles is the easiest way to enhance your breast size. It also improves its appearance. However, not everyone can be an ideal candidate for this procedure. 


Can Smokers Undergo Breast Augmentation in Los Angeles?

Smoking cigarettes is bad for your health. You already know that. What you might not know is that this nasty habit could increase your risk of developing lung problems after breast augmentation. 

Lung problems, such as pneumonia and bronchitis, are common in patients who smoke. If you have bronchitis, for instance, the infection can easily spread to recently placed great implants. 

When that happens, the infected breast implants must be removed. You also need to wait for a few months for the infection to resolve before the implants are replaced. 

Furthermore, smokers cough more than nonsmokers. Unfortunately, the act of coughing can increase the pressure of veins. This will result in bleeding after the procedure. 

But that’s not all as coughing after breast augmentation can be painful. It puts you in so much pain. Plus, it can delay your full recovery. 


Healing is Slower 

Another problem with smokers when they undergo breast augmentation is that the wound resulting in the surgery will heal slower. The reason for this is that nicotine constricts the blood vessels

As a result, it limits blood flow to the treated area. If the blood flow in the treated area is limited, blood supply is reduced causing a delay for the wound to heal. 

For that reason, you must quit smoking first before you can undergo this surgery. Dr. Rojas will recommend you stop this nasty habit for at least three weeks before surgery. 

Then, you must not get back to this habit four weeks after the procedure. 

Nicotine patches and other products with nicotine aren’t advisable before and after the procedure. 

If you tried to quit smoking before but were unsuccessful, you should talk to Dr. Rojas. He can recommend some methods that can make you successfully quit for life. 

Smoking doesn’t only put you at risk of developing a lung infection after breast augmentation but it also increases your chances of getting lung cancer. 

If you have been smoking for many years, you may develop many diseases that affect your lungs, lips, tongue, mouth, and throat, among others. 

The effect of smoking is worse on the heart and blood vessels. After so many years of smoking, your arteries will become narrow and hard. This will result in limited blood supply to the major organs of your body. 

Smoking has no positive effects on your body, only negatives. Hence you need to quit now before it’s too late. 

If you are planning to undergo breast enhancement with Dr. Rojas, know that you can’t undergo this procedure unless you quit smoking. 

It’s one of the guidelines that Dr. Rojas and other cosmetic surgeons must follow to ensure that their patients are safe during and after the procedure. 

Consult our cosmetic surgeon about breast augmentation in Los Angeles. It’s especially true if you’re a smoker. Please give us a call here: (310)-391-7143.